How do we know what students need?
Jenny Atkinson surveyed over 1600 students in Year 6 and Year 7 to find out their thoughts on the move to high school. She listened, researched and studied this topic, inside and out.
This in depth knowledge and insight, combined with over 30 years teaching experience, is why Jenny can offer you solutions for the transition to high school.
REAL SOLUTIONS FOR THESE REAL LIFE CHALLENGES.
YEAR 6- THEIR BIGGEST WORRIES
- Getting more homework & assignments
- Managing homework & assignments
- Getting lost in a big school and being late to class
- Using lockers + heavy bags
- Doing more difficult work
- Leaving old friends and making new friends
- Having different teachers
- Coping with exams and studying
- Trying to fit in
YEAR 7- THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGES
- Dealing with the amount of homework and assignments
- Coping with exams
- Knowing how to study
- Being organised to handle multiple assignments & homework
- Carrying heavy bags
- Making new friends and leaving old friends
- Finding their way around school & being late to class
- Managing lockers and locks
- Handling a bigger school with more students
"Get Set For High School is different..."
"The ‘Get Set For High School’ workshop is different because it deals with the anxieties that Year 6 students often experience and provides them with practical strategies to assist with the transition to high school.
In its first year at our school we had an overwhelming positive response from teachers, parents and most importantly, the students. We will definitely use the ‘Get Set for High School’ workshop again. Jenny’s knowledge was extensive and the quality of the service provided was very impressive."Patricia Laidler- Principal
St Therese Catholic Primary School, Padstow
This fun and informative workshop guides students through the steps of our unique Get Set For High School system. Interactive tasks keep them engaged as they develop the skills, understandings and strategies they need for high school.
Parent Information Talk
Parents will leave the session armed with practical information and strategies to support their child and themselves through this transition. We cover expectations, social and emotional demands as well as the practical aspects of the move to high school.
Using current research and worldwide best practices, we help you develop a school plan and transition framework that will work best for YOUR students and school community.
We know what students need. Our workshops are based on our extensive research in Australian schools with over 1600 students, parents and teachers. We provide solutions for the issues involved in transitioning to high school.
Students recognise the benefits. 97% of high school students who had completed the workshop in Year 6, said that the program should be offered to ALL YEAR 6 students to prepare them for high school.
FULLY ACCREDITED TEACHERS
Our dynamic workshop leaders are all fully accredited, trained teachers who love to actively engage students. We get everyone talking, moving and sharing while they’re learning!
STEP BY STEP SYSTEM
We take students through our unique step by step system to give them the skills, strategies and understandings they need for a confident transition to high school.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT
GET SET FOR HIGH SCHOOL...
Before I did the workshop I felt nervous about the high school work and expectations. I would recommend the workshop because it was fun, interesting and enjoyable but most of all it helped me overcome my nerves.Christian Year 6 Student
Before I did the workshop I was worried about moving to a whole different school. Now I know that I can do anything if I try. This workshop gives kids confidence.Matt Year 6 Student
The workshop was really fun. I learnt some great tips so I won't stress out in high school. I know how to manage my time and homework, make new friends and be more organised. I really enjoyed it all!
Matt Year 6 Student
This workshop really prepares you for high school and informs you about the important things you should know. Asking for help is the best thing you can do. High school isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.Laura Year 6 Student
Through surveys and interviews, over 1600 Year 6 and Year 7 students, parents, teachers and principals told me about their experiences with high school transition. After 2 years of research I had a deep understanding of transition for the different perspectives... student, parent and school.
My research was guided by 3 questions:
- What do students need to be able to transition well and THRIVE IN HIGH SCHOOL?
- Are students leaving primary school with the skills and mindset they need to succeed in high school?
- How can we best equip students to leave primary school more confident and prepared for high school?
Get Set For High School was created to empower Year 6 students with the practical skills, understandings and strategies they need to thrive in high school. So they can:
1. Be confident and not overwhelmed by their transition.
2. Cope well in challenging situations.
3. Stay engaged and enjoy their learning.
4. Take advantage of opportunities in high school.
5. Realise their full potential, both in school and outside of school.
I hope you'll join me to support the well-being and success of these children and their families as they transition into high school.
Jenny Atkinson - Founder of Sparks Education Australia
The workshop helps you understand that there might be some challenges in high school but there are people who can help. High school isn't as scary as people say! I liked learning how to read a timetable.Nicola Year 6 Student
My favourite part was that I learnt heaps of information. I would recommend this workshop because you learn a lot about what is coming in high school and you feel much better afterwards!Emily Year 6 Student
Before I did the workshop I didn't really know what to expect in high school but this workshop explains a lot. I'm going to try to enjoy high school in every way I can.Zachary Year 6 Student